At least nine people were killed and 16 injured in a suspected vehicle ramming attack that took place during the day Monday.

The incident occurred in the North York area in the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, north of downtown Toronto, Canada.

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A white van barreled into pedestrians over the course of nearly a mile, CNN reported. A law enforcement officer told the network the incident was believed to be “deliberate.”

Toronto Police spokesperson Gary Long said the suspected driver was in custody and the van had been located.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.